CLIPPER CITY RAIL TRAIL:

NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS

-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-

Last Updated:        July 24, 2010

Length:                  Clipper City Rail Trail; 1.1 miles 

                                 Harborwalk Rail Trail; 0.5 miles

Difficulty:              Easy. Flat, paved rail trail. 

Directions:

To start from Newburyport MBTA Station ; From the Merrimack River's Route 1 bridge in Newburyport, head south on Route 1. Just before the traffic circle take a right onto Parker St. The Newburyport MBTA Station is on your left. A fee is charged for parking in the lot. To take your bike on the train to this station visit; MBTA . For information concerning taking your bike on the train visit; MBTA-BIKES .

To start from Cashman Park (Harborwalk Rail Trail); Take the Merrimac St exit from Route 1 and travel west. Turn right on Sally Snyder Way and into the park. The Harborwalk Rail Trail travels alongside the river. 

The Clipper City Rail Trail runs from the MBTA Commuter Rail Station to the Merrimack River along the old Eastern Railroad Branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad. It connects directly with the Harborwalk Rail Trail, which runs alongside the Merrimack River. Future plans call for extending the trail along the old City Branch rail corridor. This corridor runs along the waterfront east of the Boardwalk and loops through the South End neighborhood to the east of the downtown. The Clipper City Rail Trail is part of a larger envisioned regional trails network, including the Coastal Trails Network, the Border to Boston Trail, and the Merrimack River Trail. For more information visit; CLIPPER CITY RAIL TRAIL . Part of the EAST COAST GREENWAY .

Starting from the east end of the Harborwalk Rail Trail; Currently the trail begins just below the east side of the Gillis Route 1 bridge. 

Note; A paved path heads south from here alongside Route 1 that you may use to access the walkway over the Gillis bridge to Salisbury and the Old Eastern Marsh Trail. When the path reaches the sidewalk next to Route 1, head right, following the walkway over the draw bridge and enjoy the great views. After crossing the bridge you'll come to 1st St. Across Route 1 is Friedenfels St, where you'll access the Old Eastern Marsh Trail . This means you'll need to cross over busy Route 1. USE CAUTION as there is no cross-walk. Just before the stone arched bridge you'll spot the parking lot and trail access at 0.6 miles.

The paved Harborwalk Rail Trail travels alongside the river and underneath the bridge. Here you'll come to an access path for the Clipper City Rail Trail as well as a map board. The old RR trestle also ends here. The trail then utilizes a boardwalk briefly before returning you to a paved trail that runs between the river and Cashman Park. You cross by a boat launch where the trail gets a bit narrow as it passes by the parking lot. The trail then ends after 0.5 miles at the North End Boat Club

Starting from the southern end of the Clipper City Rail Trail; The trail currently ends next to the Route 1 bridge and old RR trestle. They are still discussing various options for connecting this trail with the Old Eastern Marsh Trail on the other side of the river. A promenade overlooks the river and the Harborwalk Rail Trail below. Several pieces of artwork are located here, as well as, all along the trail. Heading south along the wide paved trail you pass by an access path that leads down to the Harborwalk Rail Trail, then travel over Merrimac St via an old RR bridge. An informational sign is located on your left and there are other scattered along the trail. The trail travels through a residential corridor and is well shaded. Reach Washington St at a 1/4 mile. This was the location of the old Newburyport Train Station. A map board is located on the other side of the street where the trail enter an belong ground cut with a large stone retaining wall. You travel through a tunnel underneath High St and pass by a spur trail up to High St at 0.5 miles. After crossing Low St via a new bridge the trail opens up. You'll come alongside a giant wind turbine on your right, then a large building. Spot an old RR mileage marker on the right that reads N1/B39 (Newburyport 1 mile/Boston 39 miles). Spot a sign on your right for the Haley's Ice Cream. A spur trail on your left will take you there. Outdoor tables and a bike rack available. Kids will love the retro look inside. After crossing Parker St the trail brings you right up to the Newburyport MBTA platform at 1.1  miles. Another map board is located next to Parker St.

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